The Builders Association, an award-winning, NYC-based crossmedia performance company in its 28th year, is seeking a General Manager to lead the day-to-day operations of this innovative, pioneering organization.
The Builders Association’s General Manager is a cultural professional who brings a strong management acumen to the company’s ongoing activities. This role, in close collaboration with the Founding Artistic Director and Board of Directors, serves as the primary strategic, financial, and operational manager for the company as we continue to shift our scale and trajectory in response to new technologies and an ever-shifting cultural landscape.
Experience in the performing arts is preferred, however, The Builders Association’s long history of experimentation with new media and technologies places the company well within contexts that are performing arts-adjacent (such as hybrid performance, immersive events, gaming experiences, experiments in media, etc). The General Manager is an experienced leader with knowledge of the company’s historical position, and shares the Artistic Director’s vision for the company as an impactful leader across artistic disciplines that are established, as well as new and emerging.
Represent and advocate for the work of The Builders Association;
Manage organizational policies and day-to-day operations in such key areas as administration, fundraising, and finance;
Oversee administrative and producing operations including the hiring, supervision, and management of project-based consultants, vendors, and staff;
Manage and monitor organizational financial operations, including preparing the annual budget and developing strategies to ensure financial stability;
Process payments, receivables, and payroll; and, in collaboration with the Treasurer, maintain budgeting and financial tracking aspects of the organization in preparation for regular reconciliations, quarterly board reports, and annual tax reporting;
Ensure the company’s compliance in all aspects pertaining to its ongoing financial viability and non-profit status, including and not limited to insurance, unemployment, workers compensation, COVID compliance, etc;
With the Artistic Director, maintain active communication with the Board of Directors; stewarding relationships and running quarterly meetings.
Oversee fundraising to ensure success in both annual and project-based fundraising goals;
Develop, write, and submit proposals to current government and institutional funders (DCLA, NEA, NYSCA, and private foundations) and maintain stewardship and reporting;
Maintain fundraising operations including annual calendar, identifying new prospects, and ensuring organizational compliance;
Manage occasional project-based outreach to the company list and individual donors.
Manage marketing and public relations, including website, social media, third-party software, and consultants;
Oversee the company’s online archival work, fielding requests for video samples and inclusion in academic publishing;
Any additional non-profit administrative needs that arise including and not limiting internal communications and scheduling, hospitality, office and equipment management, etc.
Qualifications The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial and organized creative problem-solver with a keen knowledge of and love for innovative, experimental artmaking. They enjoy working with the Artistic Director and meeting the needs of a wide range of stakeholders and artists; while steering, articulating and championing the company’s creative process.
Other qualifications include:
Strong written and oral communication skills;
Administrative or company management experience in theater or other not-for-profit arts organizations;
Demonstrated fundraising experience;
Exceptional project management skills;
Knowledge of budgeting, reading and preparing financial reports, and negotiating contracts;
Ability to problem-solve and negotiate with diplomacy, humor and tact
Sound judgment and decision-making skills;
Passion for adventurous and unconventional art-making and process;
Familiarity with pandemic-era challenges and adaptive strategies in creative organizations;
An ideal candidate is eager to develop skills in any of the above areas they do not come to the position with.
To Apply Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to email@example.com with the subject line, “General Manager submission.” This role has an anticipated start of late summer/early fall 2022, and will remain open until filled. Please address application questions to the same address.
The Builders Association strongly encourages individuals from historically underrepresented populations (including women, queer people, people of color, trans/NB/GNC, and disabled people) to apply. The Builders Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.
All employees and contractors of The Builders Association are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (as defined by the CDC) on or before the first date of employment.
Additional Salary Information: The General Manager is a part-time, salaried position with a flexible schedule. Regular office hours (working across Eastern and Pacific time zones) are approximately 20/week. Salary ranges from $25-33,000, depending on experience. Though this role has the option of working remotely, The Builders Association also maintains an office space, located in a shared loft studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The role could also be expanded to act as Creative Producer which would take place on a project-by-project basis.
About The Builders Association
THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION is an NYC-based, Obie Award–winning crossmedia performance company. We use the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theater, telling original stories that examine the impact of media on various cultures and communities.
Founded in 1994 by Marianne Weems, The Builders’ work is made by a core group of collaborators that includes Moe Angelos, Dan Dobson, James Gibbs, David Pence, Lawrence Shea, Austin Switser and Jennifer Tipton, in addition to hundreds of collaborators across creative disciplines.
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